Biden mocks Trump as ‘the great MAGA King’ in speech on economy
As Donald Trump’s chosen candidate David Perdue struggles to gain momentum in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary, Mike Pence has announced he will visit the state to get out the vote for incumbent Brian Kemp – a Republican who refused to bow to Mr Trump’s insistence that the state was stolen from Joe Biden in 2020.
Meanwhile, the select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol has issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers who are close allies of Donald Trump: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama. Each was given the opportunity to voluntarily give evidence.
And the Department of Justice is now investigating whether former President Trump or any of his aides violated federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up at Mar-a-Lago instead of at the national archives at the end of his term.
On Friday, the former president shared some thoughts on Elon Musk’s plan to buy Twitter, saying the billionaire would not pay a ‘ridiculous price’ for the platform as it is mostly “BOTS or spam accounts”.
Philadelphia Inquirer declines to endorse GOP PA senate primary candidate
In an editorial board op-ed, The Philadelphia Inquirer has declined to endorse any of the candidates running in the Republican Party primary to run in Pennsylvania’s upcoming Senate election.
Headlined “We wanted to endorse in Republican primaries this year. We can’t”, the op-ed states that while the board leans Democrat, in previous years they have endorsed in Republican races and have always found: “points of agreement, sustained moments of mutual respect, and an appreciation of the kind of apolitical qualifications that are objectively deserving of praise”.
“Most fundamentally: We were all operating in the same reality,” the board writes. “That can’t be said in 2022.”
The op-ed continues:
When we sent a survey to Republican candidates in the Senate race to ascertain their positions on a range of issues, we learned that nearly everyone in the field felt our questions were biased and unfair.
In their view, among the most problematic queries that we asked was: Who won the 2020 presidential election? The only two options in the multiple-choice format were Joe Biden or Donald Trump. Only one candidate — Jeff Bartos — agreed to acknowledge reality.
If one of these Republicans wins the general election, they will represent Pennsylvania at the next State of the Union address. We guarantee that it will not be Donald Trump who walks into the U.S. Capitol to deliver the speech. The 2020 election is over. A candidate won, he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and his name is Joe Biden.
How do you find points of agreement when you can’t reach common ground on facts so basic that they could be used in a field sobriety test?
Read the full piece here.
Don Jr says Pompeo ‘smart enough’ to know he shouldn’t run against Trump in 2024
Donald Trump Jr has said in an interview that Mike Pompeo should be “smart enough” to know whether to run against his father Donald Trump, if the former president was to run again in the elections in 2024.
Mr Trump has not formally stated whether he will contest the next presidential elections.
Jen Psaki gives last briefing as White House press secretary
White House press secretary Jen Psaki is currently giving her final briefing before stepping down from the role. It is her 224th briefing.
Here’s our compilation of clips of her key moments behind the lectern in the briefing room.
Hannity keeps up attack on “ultra-Maga” PA candidate
As hardcore right-winger Kathy Barnette surges in the Pennsylvania Senate primary, supporters of Donald Trump and his chosen candidate, Dr Mehmet Oz, are starting to turn on her. Among the most visibly incensed is Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has blasted out a remarkably bilious thread attacking Ms Barnette head-on:
Trump says Elon Musk will not buy Twitter at such a ‘ridiculous price’
Donald Trump says Elon Musk will not buy Twitter at “such a ridiculous price” after the billionaire announced he had paused his $44bn purchase of the platform.
The Tesla boss says he is “still committed” to buying Twitter but that the deal is on hold until he had gathered more information about the spam and fake accounts on the platform.
Mr Musk has vowed to let Mr Trump back onto the platform once he has taken control of it, but the one-term president cast doubt on that ever happening in a post on his own Truth Social platform.
Graeme Massie reports:
ICYMI: A pro-Trump Netflix could be coming your way
A bespoke social media platform (albeit a beleagured one) is all very well, but Donald Trump now seems to be pursuing another venture to provide a “refuge” for the president’s fans: a right-wing alternative to Netflix.
The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) is recruiting staff for the new venture. In an ad posted on Wednesday, the group announced that the streaming service, named TMTG+, will be “a ‘Big Tent’ platform offering broad-based entertainment rooted in free speech”.
It added that “in addition to the Social Media platform Truth Social, our SVOD [Subscription Video on Demand] platform TMTG+ will be the home for a wide variety of non-scripted, scripted, and original content”.
Sravasti Dasgupta has more.
Trump has thoughts on Elon Musk’s intention to buy Twitter
Former President Donald Trump has taken to his own social media site, Truth Social, to share some thoughts on Elon Musk’s intention to buy Twitter.
He wrote (truthed?): “There is no way Elon Musk is going to buy Twitter at such a ridiculous price, especially since realizing it is a company largely based on BOTS or Spam Accounts. Fake anyone?”
The former president continued: “By the time you get rid of them, if that can even be done, what do you have? Not much? If it weren’t for the ridiculous Billion Dollar breakup fee, Elon would have already been long gone. Just my opinion, but Truth Social is MUCH better than Twitter and is absolutely exploding, incredible engagement!”
Mr Musk had previously said he would allow Mr Trump back on Twitter, from which he has been banned since 6 January 2021. Earlier today Mr Musk said his purchase of the micro-blogging social media site was “on hold” while a review was conducted into how many bots and spam accounts existed on the platform.
Kevin McCarthy clams up…
Having been subpoenaed by the 6 January select committee, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears to be keeping a lower-than-usual profile as he goes about his day on Capitol Hill:
Musk insists Twitter sale is still on
Elon Musk sent Twitter shares into a dive with an overnight tweet saying he was putting a pause on his plans to buy out the company while he evaluated its estimates of how many accounts are fake or spam.
Since then, however, he has sought to calm things down:
Mr Musk has reiterated that he would like to see Donald Trump’s Twitter account restored, though the former president has said (for now) that he intends to remain on his own platform, the problem-stricken Truth Social.
Andrew Griffin has more.
Lindsey Graham says he was “wrong” to suggest Biden should be president on Jan 6
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was not flattered by the recent release of audio recordings from after the 6 January riot on which he said Donald Trump bore responsibility for the events of the day and said Joe Biden would be “maybe the best person to have” in the White House.
“I’ve known Joe for 30 years. He’s a nice guy, but he’s been a disaster as president,” he said. “Nobody fears Joe Biden abroad, and at home his policies are failing.”
Eric Garcia has the story.